How Would You Escape North Korea? (The 7 Choices)

  • Published on Mar 16, 2017
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    If you were living in North Korea right now - trying to survive on a diet of rats, grass, soil and tree bark, quenching your thirst by drinking out of mud puddles in the ground - what would you do?
    There's also the conceivable chance of being sent to a political prison camp for years on end just because you innocently thought out loud one day to a bunch of friends (North Korean propaganda is strong), where you are then beaten, tortured, and left so hungry that you are forced to dig and consume the grains out of faeces, or the maggots from dead bodies just so you have the energy to perhaps last one more day.
    You'd probably wanna escape. But how?
    The North Korean government in Pyongyang refuses to let its citizens leave, a clear violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, viewing North Korean defectors as traitorous criminals. Captured North Koreans would be subject to unimaginable torture and often public executions.
    If they are successful in their escape, then three to four generations of their family back home would be sent to North Korean prison camps to rot ....or worse. This is a strong deterrent.
    But this still doesn't stop desperate North Koreans from tempting fate. In this video, I'll go over the seven ways to escape the DPRK, including the most dangerous, the most unforgiving, the most unique, and the most unexpected.
    The North Korean border on the south side (ie. South Korean border / Korean DMZ) is the shortest distance to travel for safety and stability but as a result, the regime makes it dangerously hard. A North Korean escapee can be shot down by North Korean soldiers (border guards) or step on the many landmines in the area.
    The northern border to China has it's own set of challenges. Most North Korean refugees escape through this way, usually crossing the Tumen River border (like the famous North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee). Once in China, the nightmare doesn't end there.
    There are also other, more unconventional ways you can try to escape such as through North Korean labor camps.
    Even if you make it to safety and resettle in a stable country, the North Korean regime will still try to hunt you down, so you're never truly safe. Especially if you're an outspoken critic or a threat to Kim Jong-un's power - just ask his half brother, Kim Jong-nam

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  • Kento Bento
    Kento Bento  Year ago +2780

    ► The only way to 'take down the regime' as I mentioned at the end of the video is to help disseminating as much information about South Korea and the rest of the world to everyday North Koreans, so they can create their own 'Korean Spring' uprising and revolution. Change must start internally.
    ► To the people who keep saying the video is useless/stupid because internet is BANNED in North Korea & North Koreans wouldn't be able to see it - you're not supposed to take the title literally. It's obviously not meant for actual North Koreans living in North Korea. It's the dynamic of the video narrative to imagine how life would be if you were placed in such a situation. MOST people watching intuitively get this.
    ► I didn't get into why China & North Korea are allies. Here's a video explaining it:
    ► The fear of being caught in China is so great, that some arm themselves with crushed chilli peppers to throw at guards who may try to stop them. If detained, they may pull out a small knife; not to harm others, but themselves. Sadly, a clean slit to the wrist/throat, or a fatal stab to the stomach often beats getting sent back to North Korea.
    ► There are Chinese people in China who feel sympathetic to the NK defectors' plight and end up helping them, risking imprisonment themselves. I hear even some Chinese police officers do this.
    ► There are many Christian organizations and pastors who help NK defectors. Raising money so they can afford escape brokers and extra costs for the perilous journey ahead.
    ► Russia and North Korea share a border along the tail end of the Tumen River, but defectors rarely cross at this point as it is only 17km long - it's a small stretch of land easily patrolled by border guards.
    ► Numerous North Koreans have still made it to Russia, but this was more so in the past and almost always through China, during times when border security was loose.
    ► Russia and North Korea are also long-time allies, so even if defectors were to make it to Russia, the likelihood of being deported is high.
    ► To the people getting offended when I said North Korea outsources its labor force to several countries around the world including Poland, as well as others I plotted on the map at 10:48, it's public knowledge! (not too hard to look up). People who are particularly sensitive with the Poland inclusion seem to think I'm somehow connecting it to german labor/concentration camps of the past. It's got nothing to do with that. This is not some negative agenda I have towards Poland as some have insinuated. However, it's been noted that North Koreans are employed by 32 companies in Poland under impoverished conditions. Here are 2 such sources:
    ► 'Non-elite' North Koreans also may end up bribing border guards and paying escape brokers. It's just not as common. The elite don't have to worry about saving up for it however.
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    • Bua97
      Bua97 18 days ago

      Kento Bento +b

    • RemovingRoom9
      RemovingRoom9 24 days ago

      “Now THATS a lot of damage” - Phil Swift

    • Vilosonin
      Vilosonin Month ago

      Kd dento Bento

    • Riccardo Cacchioli
      Riccardo Cacchioli Month ago


    • jacky zhu
      jacky zhu Month ago

      Make South Koreans record this video with and put it on a North Korean website

  • Best Twends
    Best Twends 41 minute ago

    Kim John un should khs

  • Max KopfraumPoops
    Max KopfraumPoops 2 hours ago

    Thanks for making me cry. Is there anything I can do to help the people in North Korea?

  • Gent Bar
    Gent Bar 10 hours ago

    call hollycrapwood
    kurt russel rambo mcgiver etc...
    opt 2
    the fake regime joins china or so. korea

  • Daniel Holland
    Daniel Holland 11 hours ago

    This is Kim Jong Un He is a very bad boy.

  • Aj
    Aj 14 hours ago

    So sad at 1 AM😭

  • Maxidine
    Maxidine 22 hours ago

    Then he sends you back to China
    “*thats just cruel*”

  • Dream
    Dream Day ago

    7:18 Xishuang Banana?!?

  • t e s s l i o v l i s s i

    He’s going to hell. For sure.

  • zr j
    zr j Day ago

    Is digging to South Korea possible ??

    REAPER Day ago

    irony di-militarized zone is militarized

  • Nik Muhammad Syahril

    North korea are cruel

  • Guy Pursin
    Guy Pursin Day ago +1

    Or gather up a group of people like you, who want to escape, infiltrate the military, build up your forces, and then pop that fat zit of a dictator and destroy his regime. And... Voila! Problem Solved.

  • Rainzle
    Rainzle 2 days ago +1

    11:33 thumbnail

  • Anthony Peterson
    Anthony Peterson 2 days ago

    When the Chinese question you pretend to be mute

  • pnurple Dan
    pnurple Dan 2 days ago

    replace the words north Korea with Hitler and USA with poison
    USA should go in north Korea

    LEGION-X OFFICIAL 2 days ago +1


  • Jocept seed
    Jocept seed 2 days ago

    fuck north korea

  • Michael Dover
    Michael Dover 2 days ago

    North korea is a very corrupt place

  • ディアスジェレミー

    You are the judge of Kim Jong un and he has zero years in jail.
    Every *_like_* gives you one year to Kim Jong Un.

    • Ayano Nakamura
      Ayano Nakamura Day ago

      ディアスジェレミー Only got 2 years 🤔

  • marK
    marK 2 days ago

    crossing from south america to the north lol, getiing kindapped right in nuevo laredo by cartels, bad idea bud.. u can end up brutally murdered

  • Kito_ YT
    Kito_ YT 2 days ago

    The North Korean president wants to take over South Korea. But I know that the South Korean president wont fall into his hands. And I like the fact that the South Korean president welcome North Koreans , that’s why I want to go to South Korea!

  • Derpyderp
    Derpyderp 2 days ago +2

    This is interesting, but no North Koreans are watching this (unfortunately).

  • iidogii i
    iidogii i 3 days ago

    Me: wow..
    Also me: Kim Jung un's teeth in posters are brighter than my future..

  • Alone Vampire
    Alone Vampire 3 days ago

    Lol, north korea is great, do 'How would you escape iran' oh wait im iranian you hate so you won't do that

  • Kamalesh Biswas
    Kamalesh Biswas 3 days ago

    So scary?

  • Adina Hernandez
    Adina Hernandez 3 days ago

    AAARRRRGGGHHHH WAAAAARRRRR WITH NORTH KOREA!!! All states and stuff against North Korea!!

  • Tom Pacion
    Tom Pacion 3 days ago

    Just go to the philippines

  • Finlay Booth
    Finlay Booth 3 days ago

    Like if you felt bad i dont think its fair most of us are in good condition i hate king jon idiot you cheesball lime if you cried😢😢😢😣

  • Layla One Shot
    Layla One Shot 4 days ago

    i wonder how he knows this **winks**

    this is a joke

  • Jin Is My Husband
    Jin Is My Husband 4 days ago

    Why not teleport

  • PotatoPixelz HD
    PotatoPixelz HD 4 days ago

    What if the *North Korean People* + the *military* rebel against 1 person, *Kim Jong Un*

  • Piracy Gamer
    Piracy Gamer 4 days ago


  • Piracy Gamer
    Piracy Gamer 4 days ago


  • Balladeer Harpsicle
    Balladeer Harpsicle 4 days ago +1

    Kim Jong Un should be called Napoleon.
    Get it?

  • Aiden McGuire
    Aiden McGuire 4 days ago

    Simple Kill a guard Grab a gun Shoot anyone in my way and Maybe hijack A plane or boat

  • I Have Yes Jams
    I Have Yes Jams 5 days ago

    I really do hope North Korea gets a better leader soon. The people don’t deserve that kind if torture, especially if they did nothing wrong.

  • aum
    aum 5 days ago +1

    show this to the North Koreans!

    • lyrical
      lyrical 3 days ago

      Only if they could understand English

  • Review GAMING
    Review GAMING 5 days ago

    Can someone nuke north korea?

  • Andy Truong
    Andy Truong 5 days ago

    north korea cant watch

  • uriel
    uriel 5 days ago

    this video is almost completely fabricated. how long did you spend researching? honest question, because more than half of every statement made about North Korea in this video is false. i guess that's infotainment for you.

  • Hypergiratina5
    Hypergiratina5 5 days ago

    I would escape by committing suicide

  • Assassin Craig
    Assassin Craig 6 days ago

    How to assassinate Kimmy the fat kid


    WORLD PEACE 6 days ago

    Thank u for the video.

  • Batoul Amr
    Batoul Amr 6 days ago

    I think when Kim Jong Un dies ,North Korea well be so much better

  • nakki piilo
    nakki piilo 6 days ago

    Thank u i just get of northkorea

  • Sugar Coated Savage
    Sugar Coated Savage 6 days ago

    I remember when Aida was peaceful, now look how evil it is

  • I love Poland
    I love Poland 6 days ago

    Shame on you Poland>:(


    Thae yong-ho has a better IQ than Kim Jong-un. Why is Kim Jong-un leader, then.

  • The NoProGamer
    The NoProGamer 7 days ago

    *Kim Jong Un has sent his army to your location*

  • Lui Javier
    Lui Javier 7 days ago

    If i had a army of choice of having war with north korea.
    It will be.

    A bunch of players from inside fortnite.
    A bunch of pet giants and dinos.
    A bunch of one of the most powerful armies in the world.
    And a bunch of the “do you know da way ugandas.
    1 like/comment = one north korea soilder dead and 1 more percent of freedom in north korea

  • cole 143c
    cole 143c 7 days ago

    Problem: North Koreans dont even know about China or South Korea. The government tells them nothing and allows no informations

  • Madison Stark
    Madison Stark 7 days ago

    Why don’t you say your deaf and learn sign language

  • MaQuGo119
    MaQuGo119 7 days ago

    Funny how most of those migrants just love those European or first world countries, really makes the noggin' joggin'.

  • MaQuGo119
    MaQuGo119 7 days ago


  • Stalin s
    Stalin s 8 days ago

    Swim lmao wot you talking about

  • Joe Airbender
    Joe Airbender 8 days ago

    Bunch of noob, its so easy. All you have to do is use teleportation.

  • GibbyAnimations
    GibbyAnimations 8 days ago

    i could fit a whole hotdog between that double chin.

  • The eikooC
    The eikooC 8 days ago +1

    I would fly away like superman

  • sagojo warahula
    sagojo warahula 8 days ago

    oey, can north korean see these vid ? i thought that media is forbidden in north korea

  • FaZe_Ghost
    FaZe_Ghost 8 days ago

    Option 8 Pentuple Pump shotty

  • chochopav
    chochopav 8 days ago

    I wouldnt! Weed is legal and they have great really affordable streetfood!

  • Galaxy girl
    Galaxy girl 9 days ago

    If I was escaping from north Korea I would go to Mongolia because first Mongolia is my second language and my family is there
    But..... my grandma is ded there and because I only come in summer my dad would get mad at me for sneaking away. Some of my family members don't know me soo

  • ZackZero ZZ
    ZackZero ZZ 9 days ago

    If only North Korea civilians have WiFi. I mean only some they do but the majority don’t.

  • Anthony Couillonneur

    Why doesn't Kim Jong un just make North Korea have freedom rights?

  • Gabriel MCTEARE
    Gabriel MCTEARE 9 days ago

    Just kill kin Jon un he stupid and cruel


    The president of north Korea now hates you

  • MuchozolF
    MuchozolF 10 days ago

    What do you mean "the video is not available in your country"? What a bummer :(

  • Idk I Have No Ideas For A Name

    Why not just trick kim into eating poisoned food?

  • Jordan Rutkowski
    Jordan Rutkowski 10 days ago +1

    This is Kim Jong un he is a thug who does drugs and eats grease one like one year in jail

  • Donald the duck
    Donald the duck 10 days ago


  • Andreas Lag
    Andreas Lag 10 days ago

    1 like = 1 north korean defector

  • Raii Mellow
    Raii Mellow 10 days ago

    If kim dies what will happen?

  • Jaylon Smith
    Jaylon Smith 10 days ago

    Nigga what

  • Monty Burns
    Monty Burns 11 days ago

    dummy, just go underground or air

  • Tiara Murata
    Tiara Murata 11 days ago

    South Korea actually allows people from North Korea, Japan lets you continue to South Korea, but CHINA! WHY?

  • Naturenerd1000
    Naturenerd1000 11 days ago

    What about Escape through Russia and then Alaska?

  • Boony Chapman
    Boony Chapman 11 days ago +1

    I hate north Korea, is I ever get the chance I'll bomb the place and free the slaves. Not ganja get that far when I'm a computer netd.

  • Ryan Walker
    Ryan Walker 11 days ago

    I’m in North Korea right now, and this really helps! Thanks!

  • NightOwl
    NightOwl 11 days ago

    U forgot number 8. Suicide.

  • Luke O mara
    Luke O mara 12 days ago

    Half of this video is about escaping North Korea
    The other half is escaping China

    DAREDEVIIL 12 days ago

    I can’t wait when the South Korean president dies from age =D

  • Kristian Daskalov
    Kristian Daskalov 12 days ago

    Are yoi scare they can sued you.

  • James Ryan
    James Ryan 12 days ago

    I'm eorupeein

  • Kevin L
    Kevin L 12 days ago

    That fat fuck Kim Jun Un, why hasn't the world assassinated that fat fuck is beyond me

  • Generic Retard1122
    Generic Retard1122 12 days ago

    You know how all these years later, we joke about Hitler? And “edgy” kids worship him? Well, just think. In the future, people are going to be getting fat and saying “I’m Kim jong un” lmao

  • Robloxs_Big_Idiot
    Robloxs_Big_Idiot 13 days ago

    The three words that best describe Kim Jong Un are as follows and I quote: BIG FAT JERK

  • Mr Dragon
    Mr Dragon 13 days ago


  • Kierownik Postu
    Kierownik Postu 13 days ago

    Kim jong un watches this ?!

  • Alexander Wilson
    Alexander Wilson 13 days ago

    This is why we need to execute communists BEFORE they take power.

  • Animation Nation
    Animation Nation 13 days ago

    America should just blow up china and north korea. The people there dont have lives so it doesnt matter if they die

  • lügar ?
    lügar ? 13 days ago

    cross into vietnam at the small border in the top right?

  • Izuku Midoriya
    Izuku Midoriya 13 days ago +1

    Kill them all and reproduce a new version of the North Korean people.

    LI HANXUAN 13 days ago +2

    Don’t really agree the point u mentioned that moving to China is a bad idea, if they can make it to China, there is a city called YANBIAN which would accept you and all the NK people moved to China would stay there and actually get a much better life instead of being salves, prositutes, get caught some shits.

  • Cheese Grater
    Cheese Grater 13 days ago

    The DMZ is now getting better and actually demilitarized.

  • IceCubez
    IceCubez 13 days ago

    The Worst Country In The WORLD!!! - North Korea

  • that muslim dude
    that muslim dude 13 days ago

    Poor North Koreans...

  • Random Nameee
    Random Nameee 13 days ago

    This is getting me frustrated, WHY IS THIS EVEN HAPPENING??!! IT’S 2018 PEOPLE, COME ON!! Can’t we do better, please...

  • ЖCaldTheLad_SLGЖ
    ЖCaldTheLad_SLGЖ 14 days ago

    I wish North Koreans could see this

  • AZRubs
    AZRubs 14 days ago

    5:32 is that a, is that a famas?